Uncomfortable Truths

Presented at BSidesLV 2016, Aug. 3, 2016, 10:30 a.m. (120 minutes)

This facilitated discussion will outline some uncomfortable truths about securing safety-critical systems. Is information security as we know it fundamentally worse than the status quo? Will we have time to prevent catastrophe, or are we doomed to witness our predictions coming true? How long until new legislation or tighter enforcement hits the security research community? Are there some vulnerabilities where normal thinking on disclosure break down? It's time we started seriously investigating these questions and others.


  • Beau Woods - Deputy Director, Cyber Statecraft Initiative - Atlantic Council/I Am The Cavalry
    Beau Woods is the deputy director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council, and core contributor to the I Am The Cavalry initiative. Beau works with policymakers, industry, civil society groups, NGOs, and individual stakeholders to safeguard human life, public safety, and global security. Beau has been a part of the information security industry and hacker community for over a decade, is a frequent presenter, media contributor, and author.
  • I Am The Cavalry - I Am The Cavalry
    Many people identify with the I Am The Cavalry initiative, but want to maintain a low profile. This account represents those who will be speaking and participating who might not want themselves highlighted.
  • Joshua Corman - Founder - I am The Cavalry
    Joshua Corman is a Founder of I am The Cavalry (dot org) and Director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative for the Atlantic Council. Corman previously served as CTO for Sonatype, Director of Security Intelligence for Akamai, and in senior research & strategy roles for The 451 Group and IBM Internet Security Systems. He co-founded @RuggedSoftware and @IamTheCavalry to encourage new security approaches in response to the world's increasing dependence on digital infrastructure. Josh's unique approach to security in the context of human factors, adversary motivations and social impact has helped position him as one of the most trusted names in security. He also serves as adjunct faculty for Carnegie Mellon's Heinz College and on the 2016 HHS Cybersecurity Task Force.